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China’s One-Child Policy Promotes Human Rights Abuses

Noting “China is relaxing its 34-year-old one-child policy, which prohibits most families from having more than one child,” to allow “[p]arents who themselves do not have siblings … to have two children,” blogger Max Fisher writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, “The policy is controversial for a number of…

China Might Further Relax One-Child Policy, Reuters Reports

“China will further ease its family planning laws after announcing last week that it would allow millions of families to have two children, a senior official from the government’s family planning commission said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. In “the most significant relaxation of the one-child policy in nearly three decades,”…

Financial Times Examines Implications Of Controversy Over Indian HPV Vaccination Study

The Financial Times examines how the deaths of seven female participants of a study on the cost and feasibility of incorporating human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines “into India’s public sector immunization program” has affected opinions of drug trials in the country. “[T]he program to vaccinate 14,000 adolescent girls from poor families…

Humanitarian Response Continues In Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

“The Philippines will divide up the typhoon-ravaged central Visayas between countries to maximize relief efforts, a senior officer said, as President Benigno Aquino won guarded praise for improving aid distribution 11 days after the storm hit,” Reuters reports. “But the country is still struggling to get aid to devastated areas…

Indonesia Records 163rd H5N1 Fatality

Indonesia this week recorded its 163rd fatality from H5N1 avian influenza, with the death of a 31-year-old woman, Agence France-Presse reports (11/18). “She is the third Indonesian to die this year from the virus,” according to the Associated Press/ABC News, which adds, “An investigation by the ministry found that the…

Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Response In Philippines

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces in the Washington Post addressing the post-typhoon humanitarian response in the Philippines.Lauren Prather: In the newspaper’s “The Monkey Cage” blog, Prather, a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s Department of Political Science, examines whether the U.S. should provide aid in the form…

China’s Relaxation Of One-Child Policy ‘Could Significantly Improve Lives’

Noting China last week relaxed its one-child policy to allow couples “to have two children if one parent is an only child,” as well as several other announced reforms, a New York Times editorial writes, “Set against the government’s authoritarian record, the announcements on family size … are genuinely surprising.…

Shah Says Philippines Will Not Have Aid Problems Similar To Haiti

“The Philippine government is strong enough to ensure long-term reconstruction in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan is effective and avoid the aid problems seen after the Haiti earthquake three years ago, the [USAID administrator] said on Tuesday,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “One thousand U.S. marines were arriving on…

China’s One-Child Policy Relaxation Could Impact Food Security, Public Services

“China’s relaxation of its one-child policy, announced last week, is unlikely to spark a baby boom,” ScienceInsider reports, adding, “But it may be a steppingstone to a bigger change that influences when the nation’s population peaks — a milestone with major ramifications for food security.” According to the news service,…